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Wellesley Conservation Council’s Spring Lecture is co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Commission and the Wellesley Free Library

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 – 7:00pm

Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library

Dr. Spencer Meyer, Sr. Conservationist from Highstead Foundation and the Harvard Forest will discuss how local conservation is a key component of the Wildlands and Woodlands vision for the future of New England. He will share lessons from successful conservation collaboratives around New England and talk about new research showing that protected open space not only preserves critical ecosystems, but also provides health, climate, and economic benefits to our communities.

There will be ample time to discuss current conservation efforts in Wellesley, how our community can expand our initiatives, and how our work fits into a larger connected landscape.

This event kicks off a series of local conservation activities this spring including Wellesley’s own City Nature Challenge April 26-29th. See wellesleyconservationcouncil.org/upcoming-events


The Wellesley Conservation Council, Wellesley’s 501(c)(3) non-profit land trust, protects 14 sanctuaries across more than 45 acres of natural land in Wellesley and bordering lands in Needham and Weston. More information about our mission, the sanctuaries, and membership can be found: www.wellesleyconservationcouncil.org and info@wellesleyconservationcouncil.org.


The League of Women Voters Wellesley and the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission (NRC) are proud to present “Speaking for Our Trees: A Conversation about Wellesley’s Leafy Infrastructure,” featuring Dr. David Foster, Director of the Harvard Forest on Monday April 30, 7:00 pm at the Wellesley Free Library.

Dr. Foster will discuss the “The History and Future of the New England Landscape.” An ecologist, author and Harvard University professor, Dr. Foster’s work focuses on understanding the changes in forest ecosystems that result from human and natural disturbance and applying these results to the conservation and management of natural and cultural landscapes. The Harvard Forest is the University’s 4000-acre ecological laboratory and classroom in Petersham, Massachusetts.

As our town considers a stewardship plan for our Town Forest and begins planning for the North 40, come learn why urban forests are so vital to our well-being and how to protect them. For more information contact: nrc@wellesleyma.gov.

On Sunday, April 29, the NRC is also hosting a companion event to Speaking for Our Trees, inviting residents to walk through Wellesley’s Town Forest to learn more about how to protect this valuable natural resource.

Meet at the Longfellow Pond parking lot at 2:00pm for a guided walk through the Wellesley Town Forest with Forester Phil Benjamin, a consultant on the NRC’s forest stewardship plan. Our Town Forest protects much of our town’s drinking water – come learn more about how we can best manage and provide stewardship of this critical woodland.

Both events are free and open to the public.